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Finally! Quality live programming on a Sunday night in January!
With the cooler temps outside, you have a reason to stay inside when Fox airs its first live musical, Grease, on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00 PM/6:00 PM Central.
This is such a great musical. I have seen it several times and performed the music numerous times with my choir and singers. It never gets old. Never!
Many of you remember the film version with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, captivating audiences in the starring roles of Danny and Sandy respectively.
The musical, however, originated on Broadway and is, in fact, very different from the screen version. The characters in the stage version are raunchier, aggressive and not made for prime-time TV, so I hope that the producers realized this when they decided to create this live TV event. The overall content can be diluted with very little effort while preserving the energetic and fun-loving nature of the musical.
This live Grease event stars Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny. Here is the official news release from Fox:
“FOX enrolls at Rydell High with GREASE: LIVE, a LIVE one-night musical production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease.”
GREASE: LIVE stars Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as the angelic “Sandy” – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as bad boy “Danny Zuko,” Also tapped to star are Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway’s “Gigi,” “Spring Breakers”) as iconic bad girl “Rizzo,” Keke Palmer (SCREAM QUEENS, “Masters of Sex”) as the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino” and Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) as “Kenickie,” Danny’s tough-guy sidekick.
Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.”
A CD featuring the songs from Grease is available on iTUNES.
Are you tuning in? Share your personal “Grease” experience in the comments below. Go Grease Lightning!